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09-20-2009, 02:03 PM #1
Happy Durga Puja - From 24th to 28th September 2009[DOWN]Happy Durga Puja - From 24th to 28th September 2009[/DOWN]
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Durga Puja, the most important festival of Bengalis is the worship of 'Shakti' or the devine power. It is celebrated throughout the state, but with great grandeur in Kolkata. It commemorates the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The familiar sound of Dhak, Dhunuchi nachh, the mild fragrance of Shiuli, gives a familiar tug at every Bangali heart. It was organised and financed by the landlords and the business barons and was participated by all sections of people.
[DOWN]Mahalaya - 18th September 09[/DOWN]
Mahalaya ushers in the aura of Durga Puja. The countdown for the Durga Puja begins much earlier, from the day of 'Janmastami'. It is only from the day of Mahalaya that the preparations for the Durga Puja reaches the final stage. The midnight chants of various hymns of 'Mahishasura Mardini' reminds one of the beginning of Durga Puja.
Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja, and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It's a kind of invocation or invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth - "Jago Tumi Jago". This is done through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs.
The day of Mahalaya is also the day of remembrance. On this day, people offer 'tarpan' in memory of their deceased forefathers. The banks of River Ganga becomes a sea of humanity. Priests are seen busy performing 'Tarpan' for devotees in groups. The rituals start from early down and end during the midday. Devotees and worshipers buy clothes and sweets to offer to their forefathers. 'Tarpan' is to be performed in empty stomach. After offering 'tarpan', people eat at the same place.
[DOWN]Shashthi - 24th September 09[/DOWN]
The main puja starts from shashthi which is the six day after the new moon, the idol of the goddess is placed on a raised platform in a previously erected enclosure. The goddess is also believed to arrive on the same day, accompanied by her children Ganesha, Kartikeya, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. The priest ceremonially establishes life in the clay image and from now on till the tenth day, the image is treated as the goddess herself. It is obligatory for all worshippers to clean their houses, take a purificatory bath and offer prayers to the goddess adorned in new clothes. Many devotees also observe a fast on this day and break the fast after the evening aarati.
[DOWN]Saptami - 25th September 09[/DOWN]
Saptami is the first day of Durga puja. Kola Bow or Nabapatrika is given a pre-dawn bath. This is an ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants. They are together worshiped as a symbol of the goddess. The main Saptami Puja follows Kalparambho and Mahasnan.
[DOWN]Ashtami - 26th September 09[/DOWN]
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Universally accepted as the culminating point of the four day celebrations. It was on this day that Durga had killed Mahishasura. Devotees recite the mantras and offer flowers to Devi Durga (pushpanjali) and pray for her blessings. Rituals of animal sacrificesare held, but animals are now substituted with 'chalkumro' (type of pumpkin), cucumber and banana. The ritual of 'Sandhipuja' marks Sandhikkhan, the juncture between Ashtami and Nabami. 108 'Deeps' are lighted during 'Sandhipuja'. At this time Devi Durga took the role of Devi Chamunda to kill the Mahishasura (the Buffalo Demon).
[DOWN]Navmi - 27th September 09[/DOWN]
The ninth day is considered doubly auspicious, as the goddess is believed to have been conceived and sent to earth by the gods on this day. Nabami Bhog is the food offered to Devi Durga which is later distributed among the devotees.
[DOWN]Dashmi - 28th September 09[/DOWN]
The tenth day is called Vijayadashmi (the victorious tenth day). It was on this day that the goddess slew the demon and rid the earth of his evil, but it is also the day when she returns back to her home. The idol of the goddess is taken to the river to be immersed on this day. With the immersion, the ten-day festivities come to an end.
This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. The yearly visit of the goddess is thought to bring well-being and happiness to the people. Because of her auspicious presence, no meat, or alcohol is consumed at this time. Bengalis typically wear new cloths on all the four days of puja. The city of Kolkata almost never sleeps during the last five days. All, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, participate in this great festival, giving rise to a brotherly spirit.
The beat of drums, the clash of cymbals, the ringing of bells, dances before the image of Durga, incense wafting in the air, all form an integral part of Durga puja. All too soon it is Bijoyam the day when the images are taken in a procession and immersed in the river Hooghly. Bengalis go back to their mundane lives to wait another years to welcome the goddess. On the last day people visit each other's houses. New clothes are purchased. Shops oveflow with the latest goods. People take to the streets to visit the thousands of puja pandals which spring virtually at every street corner.
Last edited by Rupak Halder; 09-20-2009 at 09:48 PM.
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09-20-2009, 06:28 PM #4
Thank You ...Happy Durga Puja .
09-20-2009, 07:05 PM #5
Happy durga puja to all..Pyar Na Dil Se Hota Hai, Na Dimaag Se...
Pyar To Ittefaq Se Hota Hai.
Per Pyar Karke Pyar Hi Mile...
Ye Ittefaq Kisi Kisi Ke Sath Hota Hai.
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